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How you can reward the South West charities that help you and your loved ones

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Each year thousands of people in the South West rely on the support and kindness of charities as they deal with some of the most difficult health issues affecting our friends and family.
The GSK IMPACT Awards are a way for us to reward these inspirational organisations and volunteers who work tirelessly to improve people’s health and wellbeing and make such a big difference to their lives.
Backed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, these awards provide funding, training and development for charities to meet health needs and promote innovation and good practice across the voluntary sector.
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Who can win a GSK IMPACT Award?
The annual GSK IMPACT Awards highlight the crucial role small-to-medium sized charities play in dealing with some of the most difficult health issues, while promoting innovation and good practice across the sector.
The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 up to £40k.

How the GSK IMPACT Awards help charities across the UK
How are the GSK IMPACT Awards judged?
Working in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK IMPACT awards recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations with a proven track record in the challenging and demanding area of community healthcare.
Awards are made on an annual basis, applications are made directly to The King’s Fund and in contrast to all other areas of the company’s programme of charitable support, awards can be used for core funding. Charities are assessed against the following six areas of IMPACT:
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Innovation – Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
Management – Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
Partnership – Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
Achievement – Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited, impact on access to healthcare; difference made.
Community focus – Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
Targeting need – Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need.

PAC-UK was named as the overall winner of the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards
What are the benefits of winning a GSK IMPACT Award?
Up to ten winners receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding, with an overall winner receiving an extra £10,000.
Up to ten runners-up receive £3,000.
Award-winners are offered two places on a training and development programme valued at £6,000. In addition they are invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, which connects past GSK IMPACT Award winners – both online and at meetings which encourages members to carry on supporting each other and sharing best practice.
Promotional materials, including a short film about their work, are created for the winning organisations.
The GSK IMPACT Awards are presented at a high-profile ceremony in central London.

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme
Who has won a GSK IMPACT Award in previous years?
PAC-UK , a charity offering support to those affected by adoption, was named as the overall winner of the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards at an award ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on May 18. Previous South West winners include the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) , whose staff were awarded £35,000 plus two places on the IMPACT Awards Development Network training course at the 2012 ceremony.
Maggie Parks, chief executive of WRSAC , explained that the funding aided work with health care providers to enable a secure way to refer women from hospital to the charity. The charity now offers a ‘pattern changing’ programme to empower and enable women to make positive changes in their own lives.”
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Maggie said: “Being an overall winner recognised the incredible work undertaken by the organisation and reflects the exceptionally high quality of the services we offer. Endemic levels of violence against women and girls is a major health issue and we applaud GSK and The King’s Fund for recognising this. The award has helped us to continue to make a significant difference in women’s lives in Cornwall.”
In 2010, Arts for Health Cornwall scooped an award, along with a cheque for £25,000 to help the charity in transforming people’s lives through creativity.
How do I nominate a charity for a GSK IMPACT Award?
The 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards are now closed, but the 2019 Awards will open for applications in July 2018. If you are a charity who meets the GSK IMPACT Awards criteria and would like to receive details, please email gskenquiries@kingsfund.org.uk with your name and address.
Say thanks to your South West health heroes
Would you like to say thank you to a local South West health and wellbeing charity that has supported our communities over the year, or made a difference this festive season? Let them know in the comments below or on social media using the hashtags #SWHealthHeros #GSKIMPACTAwards
For more information visit the GSK website or The King’s Fund website.
Source: Devon live